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Santa’s Village Ends for the Season

December 10th, 2012 - By Steve James

Santa’s Village has closed it’s doors, but visitors opened their hearts with food donations again this year.

Martin Parks and Recreation’s Director Brian Moore said 31,755 cans were received at Santa’s Village including over 10,000 that came directly from Weakley County Schools. The Village with over approximately 200,000 lights inside the Ag Pavilion becomes a Christmas Land during the holidays is sponsored by City of Martin and UT Martin.

Mr. Moore said counting for the toy donations will be underway today with help from the Martin Kiwanis Club, Westview High School students, and volunteers.

Despite the flu bug, Mr. Moore said it was the largest crowd in the 28 years of existence with approximately 17,810 visitors attending the four day event.

Donations of toys and food will surpass over a million dollars.

Recipients include We Care, Santa’s Village, UT Martin Healthy Start, Chimes for Charity, Santa’s Helpers, Northwest Tennessee Disaster services and Northwest Tennessee Economic Council. Food and toys are distributed to these service agencies.